Filipino world boxing champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao has shelved his dreams of seeking Presidency, at least for now.
In a statement released from his office on Tuesday, the Sarangani lawmaker underscored that he just dreams of serving with a broad reach and great impact just like any other public servant.
“My thoughts on the Presidency are not indicative of any immediate or concrete plans but are merely aspirations. Serving in a higher elective post rests on the will of God and the call of the Filipino people,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao, immortalized in boxing history being the only boxer who won eight titles in eight different divisions, noted that he is focused on his duties in Congress and pushing for a legislative agenda that will improve of the country’s ailing national sports program.
Further, Pacquiao vowed that he will soon begin training for his upcoming bout vs. Mexican Brandon Rios and hopes to again bring honor to the country.
The Rios fight is Pacquiao’s first step in the comeback trail, considering that he has lost all of his two fights in 2012 against American Timothy Bradley and longtime Mexican foe Juan Manuel Marquez.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has earlier cautioned Pacquiao against seeking Presidency, saying that the award-winning boxer should train his guns first in the Senate which is a legislative body like the House of Representatives.